Kitten Feeding Schedule & Growth Chart

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DO NOT USE COW MILK
Never feed a kitten cow’s milk or human baby formula as this causes stomach upset and severe diarrhoea. If a kitten is already dehydrated, this could prove fatal. This includes condensed/evaporated canned cow’s milk
On Crete  Baby Cat Milk’ is available from vets & comes with a bottle & spare teats. It costs @€22 per can (3 sachets) & usually it takes 2-3 cans for a litter of 4.
If you can’t get hold of cat milk use this solution until you can use:

Oral rehydration Solution
The recipe is as follows:

  • Boil 2 cups of water;
  • Add 5 teaspoons of sugar and stir until it dissolves;
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and stir until it dissolves; and
  • Allow the mixture to cool. It must be warm, but not hot.

The solution must be refrigerated. Warm it before serving. Only use for a maximum of 24 hours.

Number of feeds per day
Birth to 1 week: Feed every 3 hours (8 feedings/day)
From 1 to 3 weeks: Feed every 4 hours (6 feedings/day)
From 3 to 4 weeks: Feed every 5 hours (5 feedings/day)
From 4 to 5 weeks: Feed four to five times/day.
Total Formula required per day
Up to 1 week: 24ml
1 week: 32ml
2 weeks: 54ml
3 weeks: 80ml
4 weeks: 104ml
5 weeks: 128ml

 

Weight chart (approximates)
Birth weight 100g
Day 3 – 5 130 – 150g; umbilical cord falls off
Day 9 – 12 210g; eyes and ears will open
14 days 230g; starts strolling about a little
16 days 265g; starts cleaning itself and playing
21 days 325g; starts to walk
25 days 360g; first teeth coming through
28 days 400g; rest of the milk teeth are coming through; 1st deworming with Panacure; start litter box training
5 weeks 480g; becoming housetrained, can run pretty well
6 weeks 540g; no longer need for bottle-feeding ;  has all milk teeth; can go without mother’s milk and can eat independently; 2nd deworming
8 weeks 600 – 700g; 1st vaccination (ask for vaccination passport; 3rd deworming
10 weeks 850g
12 weeks 1000 – 1100 grams; 2nd vaccinationKittens should gain >10g per day

click here for printable Growth Chart

Rev.1.3  03/03/2014

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